Smith catches Agar's eye

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Tim Smith, pictured, was hailed as a 'masterclass' by coach Richard Agar
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Tim Smith, pictured, was hailed as a 'masterclass' by coach Richard Agar

Wakefield coach Richard Agar praised Australian scrum-half Tim Smith after the Wildcats continued their impressive run of form by trouncing derby rivals Castleford 40-12 at the Probiz Coliseum.

The classy Smith scored a try and set up all but one of his side's other six tries as the Wildcats coasted to their third successive win in the Stobart Super League.

Agar said afterwards: "I though Tim was very dominant and very strong. He pulls the strings for us. Everyone else has learned very quickly how to play off him. He's in very good form. Scrum-halves are at a premium and really hard to find."

He added: "Perhaps in some people's eyes we took a punt on him but I thought he was a masterclass at times today. He looked every inch the quality player he is."

Agar was delighted with the way his side backed up their 38-18 home win over Leeds six days earlier, saying: "I was very pleased. We have had three good weeks and to back up after Monday's performance against Leeds was terrific.

"I thought right from the word go we were very strong and very dominant. We were 16-0 up at half-time and had been held up at the line three times and we came out for the second-half and posted two early tries.

"Our defensive display was very good until the last 15 to 20 minutes when we got a bit sloppy but I would also credit Castleford because, particularly with Jamie Ellis on the field, they threw a lot at us.

"But overall I am very happy with the way the team is performing. They are playing very confidently and I think we've shown over the last three weeks we've really got some quality football in us."

Castleford coach Ian Millward refused to blame the absence of key players for his side's fifth defeat in six matches, saying: "I thought Wakefield were very good. They were by far the better team. They outmuscled us and were more physical than us and showed better execution. All their 17 players outdid our 17 players.

"The fact we had eight or nine players out was no reason why we can't control the ruck or drop the ball or give away penalties and things like that. That's a given thing in professional rugby league."

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